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Aug. 14, 2006

New International Programs Directors Announced For Fall 2006

The University of Iowa International Programs announces new directors in five of its area studies programs and groups.

Edward Miner is the new director of the African Studies Program, replacing Rex Honey, a UI geography professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Miner is currently International Studies bibliographer for the University Libraries, where he manages library collections in African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, as well as linguistics. His research interests include digital librarianship and archives and their role in African development. He co-edited the digital archive Nuer Field Notes (Indiana University Digital Library Program, 2003), and currently manages a UI Libraries digital project on Akan religion and medicine. Miner has been at the UI since 2002 and will serve as director of the African Studies Program for three years.

Rex Honey is the new director of the Crossing Borders Program, replacing Paul Greenough, who is a UI history professor and director of the Global Health Studies Program. Honey is a geography professor and has been at the UI since 1974. Much of his research has examined jurisdictional organization in various societies, particularly the struggle for jurisdictional change and the consequences of jurisdictional structure. Honey, an IP affiliated faculty member, will serve as director of the Crossing Borders Program for three years.

Katina Lillios is the new director of the European Studies Group (ESG), replacing co-directors Alexander Somek, professor in the UI College of Law, and Christian Jensen, associate professor of political science. Lillios is an associate professor of anthropology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and an IP-affiliated faculty member, who specializes in the archaeology of prehistoric Portugal and Spain. Her research and teaching are concerned with the origins and evolution of complex societies in late prehistoric Iberia, nationalism and archaeology. She is also co-director of the 2006 UI Obermann Summer Research Seminar entitled Comparative Archaeologies: The American Southwest (AD 900-1600) and the Iberian Peninsula (3000-1500 BC). Lillios has been at the UI since fall 2003. She will serve as director of ESG for one year.

Brian Gollnick is the new director of the Latin American Studies Program (LASP). He replaces Daniel Balderston, professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the CLAS, who is serving as president of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana through 2008. Gollnick, associate professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the CLAS and IP-affiliated faculty member, specializes in Mexican literature, regionalism and subaltern studies. His current research focuses on literature from the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. He has been at the UI since 1999 and will serve as director of LASP for three years.

Adi Hastings is the new director of the South Asian Studies Program (SASP). He replaces Fred Smith, associate professor of Sanskrit and classical Indian religions in the CLAS, who will be on leave for one year. Hastings, assistant professor of anthropology, specializes in linguistic anthropology. His research focuses on the role of language in social life, the interrelationship of language use, linguistic structure and communicative practice. Hastings has been at the UI since 2004 and will serve as director of SASP for one year.

"I want to commend all of the directors who are stepping down for their outstanding contributions to the growth and vibrancy of these important academic programs," said William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of UI International Programs. "Each of these directors has created a strong program to pass on to the new faculty coming on board, who I know will continue the tradition of building on academic excellence and outreach and programming."

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kelli Andresen.

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